I have been a live in assistant to a Vietnam vet with Parkinson's for over three years. I first came to help out a friend who was coming home from a hospital stay and I am stIll here after 3 yrs. This vet is financially stable and will not qualify for assistance based on income. When I inquired about a paycheck he said that free room and board is compensation enough. I literally gave up my "life" to be here to assist him. I no longer am in touch with any of my friends from where I used to live and have not made any new social contacts since bieng here. I am 53 years old and have $0.00 for retirement.